Cantab Capital Partners
Dr. Ewan Kirk is a technology entrepreneur, early-stage investor, and Founder of Cantab Capital Partners.
For over 30 years, Ewan has been involved in a number of ventures to commercialise, apply and leverage technology, science, and mathematics research in business, philanthropy, and academia. He is the Chairman of Deeptech Labs, a Cambridge-based accelerator focused on building deep technology companies, and in recent years, has invested in a number of technology startups in the UK. He was appointed Non-Executive Director of BAE Systems plc in June 2021.
He is most known for founding Cantab Capital Partners, a science-driven investment management firm, which is widely regarded as one of the leading quantitative investment companies in the UK. Under his leadership, he grew the business from a team of 2 with £30m AUM to 60 people with £4.5bn AUM from 2006 to 2016. As well as leading the firm's quantitative investment strategies, he was responsible for the scaling of the business that successfully brought together mathematicians, physicians and statisticians under one roof.
In 2016, the business was successfully acquired by global investment firm, GAM Invesments. Upon acquisition, Ewan went on to serve as the CEO and CIO of the newly-formed GAM Systematic Cantab, and latterly as its President from 2020.
Prior to founding Cantab, Ewan headed up Goldman Sachs’ quantitative technology group, leading a group of over 120 mathematicians, scientists and statisticians, responsible for researching, testing and implementing systematic investment strategies.
Active in philanthropy, Ewan Kirk is also the Chair of the Management Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and Founder of the Turner Kirk Trust.
In 2007, he founded the Turner Kirk Trust, an evidence-led, strategic charitable foundation, which supports STEM, education and conservation causes in the UK and the developing world. The Trust is one of the largest private funders of fundamental mathematics research in the UK, and in 2015, Ewan made a £5m gift to the University of Cambridge to establish the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information.